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Are you going to do another 30 day challenge?

Are you going to do another 30 day challenge? - answered by Matt Cutts

Matt's answer:

Today’s question comes from Blind Five Year Old in San Francisco, and they want to know “Are you going to do another 30 day challenge?” Yes, I love 30 day challenges. So for those who haven’t heard, a 30 day challenge is just something very simple that you come up with, and you say I’m going to try to do something for 30 days. Like, I’m going to walk 10, 000 steps a day. Or I’m going to bike into work everyday. Or I’m going to give up caffeine. Or I’m going to give up Microsoft operating systems. Or I’m going to give up my iPhone. Or I’m going to not answer external email for 30 days. These are all different things that I have tried and they’re all a lot of fun. The hardest one frankly was giving up sugar for 30 days. I think human beings are wired to like sugar. So that was hard to do. Right now I’m in the middle of trying 30 days without Facebook to see how that works. But I’m trying a lot of different things. I have a lot of fun ideas. What’s really neat is to see how other people are responding whenever I talk about 30 day challenges on my blog. For example my wife is doing a 30 day challenge where she tries to read 50 pages a day. She’s worried that the net is causing her attention span to get too short. So she’s sort of saying okay, I’m going to read some challenging books 50 pages a day. There is another great guy, Jason Nazar who is the CEO of Docstoc and he’s trying to do one nice thing or one charitable act per day for 30 days. So you know whether it’s trying to make sure you take some time to reflect and be grateful for your life, whether it’s getting up early, whether it’s trying to make sure you run everyday whatever it is, try to do something for 30 days, is a good way to form a habit. But it’s not so long that you can’t stick to it. So I highly encourage the people you know to come up with an idea. Think about it a little bit and then try it for 30 days. You might surprise yourself, it could be fun.

by Matt Cutts - Google's Head of Search Quality Team


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